Ghana Police Speaks On #FixTheCountry Protest

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The Greater Accra Regional Police Command says it cannot sanction the proposed #FixTheCountry protest as it goes against the ban on public gatherings.

A massive number of Ghanaians who are unhappy with what they call the economic challenges in the country have declared their intention to protest on May 9, 2021.

Mostly made up of the youth, tens of thousands of posts have been made on social media highlighting some of these inadequacies. Despite efforts by government including the Nation Builders’ Corp (NABCO), National Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) and other commitments towards investing in the growing human capital, some Ghanaians say the impact is not felt on the ground.

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Dominant in the sentiments shared on Twitter are rising youth unemployment, dilapidated health system, skyrocketing home-renting structure, poor road networks, erratic power outages (popularly known as “Dumsor”), water crisis, poor sanitation, poor roads, depreciation of the Cedi’s, and everything that’s not made life dignifying and comfortable for people.

But the Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Effia Tenge, on Eyewitness News, said “the Police cannot sanction such illegality.”“The Command received a letter of notification on Tuesday afternoon of an intended demonstration slated for the 9th of this month.

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The Regional Command met the convener, who was accompanied by one other person. We told them that we understand their standpoint but then, there [are restrictions] on public gatherings, as such, the Command may not be able to provide the necessary security for the proposed demonstration.”

“However, they may come back when the restrictions are lifted,” she added.She warned that if the group goes contrary to their recommendation, they will face the rigours of the law.